What is it that REALLY keeps you sinning?
If you’re like me, you’ve tried your hardest to stop some sins. You’ve begged God to help you to stop. Some of you have great difficulty with resisting promiscuity, lying, gossiping, fighting, and a host of other sins. It really sucks when you engage in behaviors that you are 100% against and yet seem 100% incapable of stopping it. You would think that with the power of the Holy Ghost, every believer would be able to immediately and easily stop every sin, but there are two things I learned that can keep us in sin bondage.
I learned from a book called “Breaking the Power” written by Liberty Savard. It taught me that almost all people have unmet needs, unhealed hurts, and unresolved issues, and that some people will do the craziest things to have those needs met, those hurts healed, and those issues resolved.
While watching Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” TV show, the guest on there was telling of an account of when he was praying for a particular college campus. He said that while he was praying against certain things like rage, perversion, etc. that he knew was rampant on the campus, he felt a block in his spirit. He said he just couldn’t seem to get a breakthrough in prayer. Then God gave him a revelation of what was going on on the college campus in the invisible, spiritual realm. I’ll try to describe what he said as best I can. He said that what was revealed to him was a spiritual, evil beast that was plaguing the campus. It had two tentacles on either end of it that touched together at the tip. Each of the two tentacle had different appendages on them. And every appendage had a name on it that represented different evils like rage, perversion, and others. The man said that when he prayed, the little appendages on the two tentacles would lean backwards like a leaf blowing backwards on a tree limb in the wind. But when he stopped praying, the appendages would straighten back up on the tentacle. The little appendages of vices would not come off! And it showed the man that his prayers were being blocked because the little appendages were not coming off and thus they were still drawing their power from the beast.
God brought this man’s attention to two twig-like things that kept each evil attached to the tentacles. Every appendage had two little twigs that kept it latched onto the beast’s tentacles. They were kind of like two little legs that were connecting the evil appendages to the two tentacles. And it was the the two little legs that kept the man unable from breaking the evil power from plaguing the university. God let the man know that the names of each legs were actually two spirits that caused all the evils in the world to continue to be powerful in people’s lives even after serious prayer.
Those two spirits were INSECURITY and INFERIORITY.
In a Christian counseling book I had bought, low self-worth and rejection seemed to cause most of the reasons why people were coming in for counseling. Low self-esteem and rejection are two MAJOR issues in the world. No wonder because so many kids are abused by parents. And so many wives and husbands get divorced by their spouses. And if you notice what the media keeps pumping into us, they’re messages of LOSE WEIGHT, WEAR THIS TO MAKE YOU LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL, GET THIS CREAM TO STOP YOUR WRINKLES FROM AGING YOU, GET THIS MAKE-UP TO MAKE YOUR SKIN BEAUTIFUL, DRIVE THIS CAR TO MAKE YOU POPULAR! We are literally bombarded with MILLIONS of images and messages in advertisements that have the purpose of doing TWO THINGS. To make you purchase their product or service BASED ON THE WHETHER OR NOT they can cause you to feel INSECURE and INFERIOR.
Let’s go to Genesis – the very first book of the Holy Bible. Genesis contains the FIRST account of how inferiority and insecurity led a human being to sin. You see, in the Garden of Eden, the truth of who Eve was in God was SECURE. She also was NOT INFERIOR because she had no competition, of course, and she had never heard that she was lacking anything as far as looks or intelligence was concerned. Eve only had one source of truth. That was God. God’s Word. Whatever God’s word said was truth to Adam and Eve. What God said was all there was to know! So if God said, “Don’t do this or you will die,” Eve believed it 100% because was the only thing she knew.
Let’s use our imagination for a minute. Suppose that ever since you were born, you never left the house, never watched TV, and never read anything ever since you were born. And let’s suppose your mom told you, “Sherry, your body is not made to survive outside. You will die the second you step foot outside. The only air your lungs can tolerate is the air in this house. If you step past this threshold, you will die immediately.” I assure you that you would NEVER leave the house! You’d only leave if you were suicidal. You would have no reason to second guess your mom because she would be your only source of truth. BUT you might leave your house if a visitor stopped by and asked, “Hey, Sherry, why don’t you ever leave the house? It’s not like you’ll die or anything. Come on out! The air is fine!” Only then would you leave the house IF this visitor said that AND IF you were NOT SECURE in what your mom said AND if you didn’t TRUST your mom. That visitor gave you doubts about the validity of what your mom said. That visitor gave you reason to second guess the only truth you knew concerning outside air. That visitor made you unsure of your mom and her motives. And that visitor would spark your curiosity and may cause you to ask yourself, “I wonder what’s out there that my mom didn’t want me to experience. It must be something good.” Remember that Eve too thought God was withholding something good from her because Satan told her that the fruit would make her wise and open up her eyes like a god.
Genesis 3:4-6 – And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
So that passage effectively covers the insecure part. Humans are designed to want to feel secure. That’s why babies lose it if Mommy is gone for too long. That’s why husbands get homicidally paranoid if their wives are out too late. That’s why employees freak out if their boss calls them into their office. That’s why people get nervous when their doctor has a puzzled expression on his/her face when looking at their x-rays. HUMANS NEED SECURITY. Humans HATE to be insecure or unsure about anything. Fears are caused when we’re not sure of what’s going to happen to us next.
So when Satan causes you to feel unsure, you will reach out for anything to stabilize you. That can be drugs, sex, stealing, or even murder. If I told someone that their child was going to die unless they paid me $3,000.00 by Sunday, many would do ANYTHING to get me those funds. That’s what kidnappers make their money off of with ransoms – parents’ insecurities. They know that a good parent’s worst fear and hardest thing to recover from is the death of their child. So they play on these fears/insecurities to get the parents to do things they probably never thought they could or would do. I’ve heard of drug addicts having sex with dogs to get another fix from their drug supplier. I’ve heard of mothers letting their drug dealer rape their small child for another fix. I just heard today that a man actually cut off the tips of two of his fingers just to make sure he would keep getting his prescription painkillers! People will do ANYTHING if they get desperate and insecure enough. Some people depend on drugs or money to make them feel secure in themselves. If drugs make you feel confident if you have an anxiety disorder (the most common mental illness in America), that drug is your security. And you will do anything to get it. Some people rob their own family and sell their bodies to get money for drugs to calm their nerves. Also, if money makes you feel superior to others, money is your security and you will do anything to get that too.
This is the same thing that Satan did with Eve. He promised her that she would be like a god. He made her feel inferior in her original God-given position. So out of INSECURITY, she ate the fruit. It wasn’t as if it wasn’t tempting or anything, so the choice was easy. So is fame and fortune. Much more tempting than some fruit. Remember how Satan tempted Jesus after he had fasted for 40 days in the wilderness? Unlike Eve, Jesus was 100% secure in his position with God. And he also knew 100% that he was loved and accepted in God’s eyes. He trusted God 100%. So when Satan tempted Jesus with His (Jesus’) ability to turn a stone into food, Jesus refused it. When he offered Jesus ALL the kingdoms in the world, Jesus refused it. Also, keep in mind that Jesus, unlike Eve and Adam, only had ONE source of truth. And that was God’s word. Jesus only obeyed one voice. That’s why he kept quoting scriptures to have Satan back up off him! Had Eve believed ONLY WHAT GOD SAID 100% AND TRUSTED GOD 100%, then she wouldn’t have doubted God to believe a snake. And being insecure in what God said caused the world’s FIRST SIN! All because Eve trusted Satan 100% while trusting God probably 0%.
John 2:23-25 – Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Matthew 4:8-10 – Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
That’s how some of us are. We believe what the media and people say about us. If they tell us we’re worthless, we try to find some worth. If they tell you that you’re ugly because you’re fat, you try to get beautiful by buying all their diets and exercise machines or starve yourselves. If they tell us we’re unlovable, we’ll settle for abusive relationships and cruel friendships. If they tell us we’re stupid, we settle for less in life because we think we’re not smart enough to attain better. If they tell us that we have to be freaky in bed to keep a man or woman, we try to read magazine articles to teach us how to be freaky or we buy their penis enhancement pills. If they tell us we’re inferior, we try to overcompensate by selling drugs or our bodies to make money to buy nice clothes, nice shoes, nice jewelry, nice homes, and nice cars. The media is a mess! The bible says that money answereth all things. So since you know that much, you think, “Once I get the money, THEN I GET THE LOVE AND WORTH AND ACCEPTANCE THAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL MY LIFE!”
Ecclesiastes 10:19 – “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”
Don’t let society make you feel inferior. There is no one on this earth better than you, and there is no one on this earth that is lesser in value than you. We are all created equal! You’re created in God’s very image. Male and female! Don’t let society make you think that an overweight, elderly person who is handicapped and who is poor is any less in value than a perfectly fit, young person who is rich. One will burn in hell just as easily as the other. And the afterlife is all that really matters. So draw your identity and security from God alone. Listen to God’s voice alone. No one else’s voice should matter that much in your life. Don’t be like Adam and Eve. Be content with who you are and with what you have. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. You’ll never be any happier if you were different than you are right now. If you’re miserable overweight, you’ll be miserable slim. I have yet to meet a satisfied anorexic. Don’t let the devil fool you. He’ll have you thinking you’ll be happier disobeying God and obeying Him. But Adam and Eve had a bad life after disobeying God. And just as God said, they died. Satan said that they wouldn’t surely die, but he lied!
In short, if God says something about you, and another person says something contradictory, then THAT person is a liar. God is the only 100% truthful one. The world’s facts don’t compare with God’s truth. If God says you’re beautiful, then there is not a single soul in hell or earth or heaven that can say otherwise. Their opinions don’t matter. Don’t be like Eve who trusts a voice more than God’s. If you are hanging around people who say things about you that God doesn’t agree with, then you need to find a new group!